I’ve got a question for all of you proffies out there, in any and all disciplines: do any of your departments give credit from your university to high school students taking “approved” courses for college credit in their high schools? As in, they’ll take an advanced class taught by a high school teacher (like perhaps an AP or IB class, or maybe not), and it will show up on their transcripts as a course taken at your university. (And they’ll get this credit without having taken the AP exam, for which usually students need to get a 4 or a 5 in order to have it accepted for college credit.) This apparently is the Colorado legislature’s brilliant scheme for “saving money”–as in, the money of parents of high school students who would otherwise need to be accepted into and enrolled at a university (or at least pay for an AP exam) and pay tuition in order to receive college credit for the course.
Is it really in our best interests to send the message that college is a tedious hassle that should be gotten over with as soon as possible? Do we agree that there’s little difference between high school and college classes, and anyone can teach them? How does this not turn us into Wal-Mart in the long run? I’m not saying we’re Barney’s here, but I think we hold our own as a dependable Sears or J.C. Penny of higher education. Continue Reading »